After 63 issues and almost 14 years, the first TAC price rise has arrived. The idea has always been to keep costs low and run a not-for-profit mag, and that continues; but the gradual upward creep of overheads means that TAC64, when it appears in late February or (more likely) early March, will have a cover price of £1. A six-issue subscription will rise to £9. It's still good value, though (at least we think it is); and, while we can't guarantee that the next rise will be delayed until 2018, chances are it won't arrive in a hurry, and the intention is certainly not to start nudging up the price incrementally every few months, as happens with so many other mags.
The other big news is that there's a new TAC-related book out, as of now. This coming spring will mark 50 years since the first of Alfred Wainwright's Lakeland guidebooks was published, and 17 January 2007 will be exactly 100 years since the flat-capped fellwanderer was born. So in anticipation of these anniversaries, Dave Hewitt has edited A Bit of Grit on Haystacks - A Celebration of Wainwright. This 192pp hardback, ISBN 1 902173 171, features essays by eight AW fans: Bill Mitchell, Val Hamilton, Ronald Turnbull, Graham Wilson, Robin N Campbell, David McVey, the late A Harry Griffin, and Ann Bowker. It's illustrated with drawings by Craig Smillie, aka the Swan (eg this one of Helm Crag). The publisher isn't TACit Press, but Millrace Books, and A Bit of Grit will sell over the counter for £13.95. It can however be bought direct for £12, p&p free: contact Millrace at 2a Leafield Rd, Disley, Cheshire, SK12 2JF, phone 01663 765080, or visit www.millracebooks.co.uk/book_grit.html An ideal Christmas or New Year present for that fell-loving friend.
The following books and booklets are still available from TACit Press: Graham Tops and Grahamists, Alan Dawson, Clem Clements and James Gordon, £4 or £4.50 including postage; Corbett Tops and Corbetteers, Dawson / Hewitt, £3.70 (£4.20 inc p&p); Grahams and New Donalds, Dawson / Hewitt, £2.80 (£3.20); The Hewitts and Marilyns of Wales, Dawson, £2 (£2.40), of England, Dawson, £2 (£2.40), of Ireland, Clements, £3.70 (£4.20), World Tops and Bottoms, Grant Hutchison, £2 (£2.40), Munro's Fables, Hutchison / Chris Tyler, £5 (£5.50) and Walking the Watershed, Hewitt, £6.50 (£7.50). Also: The Relative Hills of Britain (Dawson, published by Cicerone, 1992): £9.50 inc p&p.
T-shirts: Only mediums remain of the St Kilda design (no L or XL). £14 each, or £21 with a six-issue TAC sub. Two TAC33 shirts remain (one L, one M): £7 or £14 with a sub.
Cheques: for subs/shirts, The Angry Corrie; for non-Grit books/booklets, TACit Press. Address: 3 Ferry Orchard, Cambuskenneth, Stirling, FK9 5ND.
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